Tag Archives: Netherlands

Dutch after all: testing Mom …

It was a quite straightforward message from Ancestry: “S. Hendrickson is your Mother.” It was not unexpected — because she is my mother — but it’s still beyond me how they knew. Confidence level? Extremely High. It’s been only a … Continue reading

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Letters to the Netherlands: May we be childlike and humble …

Not long ago, I learned a saying: “One Dutchman, a theologian. Two Dutchmen, a church. Three Dutchmen, a schism.” There is truth in this. Our great-great grandfather, Jan Willem, migrated to America from the Netherlands with his wife and children in 1889. … Continue reading

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Learning their language

Having recently decided to study Dutch, one of the languages of my ancestors, I have to wonder what took me so long. I’m enjoying it thoroughly. I’ve always loved languages. I studied German and a little French in school … dabbled in … Continue reading

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They came from Doornspijk

Our great-grandfather Vanden Bosch, who migrated to northwest Iowa in the late 19th century, was by all currently available indications born and raised in the village of Doornspijk. Doornspijk is a Dutch village that in the mid-1970s became a part … Continue reading

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More on locating Dutch ancestors … wie was wie

I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the resources available for Dutch genealogy. I’ve had great success using the popular Genlias site to find Dutch records — mostly ancestral marriage records that have helped confirm the names of ancestors’ parents, as well … Continue reading

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What’s in a name … Kreykes, for example

The family name of Kreykes, from which I am one generation removed, is in some ways a mystery. We know that it was brought to Iowa in the 19th century by a family from Rijssen, the Netherlands. Apparently all recorded … Continue reading

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Letters to the Netherlands: The waves rise mountain high …

My great-great grandfather arrived in America from the Netherlands in 1889 with his wife and three children, including my great-grandfather. In his letters from Iowa to family and friends back in the Netherlands, he seemed uncertain whether he would be able … Continue reading

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Locating Dutch ancestors

All of my mother’s known ancestors came from the Netherlands and she grew up in a community of predominantly Dutch ancestry, so I’ve always known quite a bit about this part of my heritage. Strands of mystery remained, though, regarding a … Continue reading

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They came from Rijssen

One nice aspect of researching family history is learning not only about the people who preceded us, but about the places they lived … especially those who migrated to the United States. It’s interesting to contemplate the conditions in their … Continue reading

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(Relatively) Wordless Wednesday

Pipe organ (“pijp orgel” in Dutch) built by H. Vander Maten and sons in Sioux County, Iowa 1900 – 1903

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